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Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:44 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Thankfully, we're getting very close to putting this Hanley Ramirez-moving-to-third drama to bed. Earlier this week, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Ramirez wasn't "100 percent" OK with the move, which is being made to accomodate Jose Reyes at shortstop. Guillen did say he felt Ramirez would be fine by opening day and that he thought any star wouldn't immediately be happy with changing positions.

It would appear Guillen was correct, as Ramirez now sounds completely on board with a move, seemingly in reaction to an opinion piece from a newspaper.

Responding to a column from a Dominican newspaper ("Hoy") where the writer said Ramirez's friendship with Reyes will inevitably be damaged -- in addition to claiming the Marlins signed Reyes to give them an excuse to rid themselves of an "immature" Ramirez -- Ramirez took to Twitter.

”Folks, via this medium I want to let everyone know that what came out in the newspaper Hoy about me, the team and Guillen is a lie,” Ramirez tweeted (in spanish, but translated by SunSentinel.com).

More: “And now what are you going to talk about if the whole world knows I’m going to play third base with the Marlins.” (in spanish, but translated by SunSentinel.com)

More: “Trying to soil my image with lies. Third base with the Marlins forever baby.” (in spanish, but translated by SunSentinel.com)

Finally, Ramirez tweeted a picture of himself sitting next to Reyes with both men smiling. I'm kind of surprised they weren't hugging.

It's good that Ramirez is embracing his move to third base, as well he should. It's the professional thing to do, and frankly, it will benefit him defensively. But in regards to him being angry people are talking about it, he needs to realize his manager is the one who fanned the flames earlier this week.

But now we know: Hanley Ramirez is happy and ready to play. So we can all move on.

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Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:24 am
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Slammin - Look it up, both Vinny and Boggs were converted shortstops.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Slammin, Mr Peanut is correct.  Vinny Castilla did come up as a short stop.  He later converted, and played most of his career at 3B.




Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Everything will be hunky dory until Hanley has his first 2 error game and he has to answer a million questions from the media while Ozzie lets him squirm. These two are destined for fireworks and an ugly divorce .



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Whoa Mr Peanut...Wade Boggs never, ever played SS. Don`t confuse that with Ripken. Vinny Castilla was also not a SS.  Another major correction is HanRam ISN`T exactly willing or happy to move from SS to 3B and not be the star of the team.  Going 2 for 4 is a .500AVG, but naming 2 of 4 3B who also played SS stops here. Enjoy Ozzie going loco on HanRam b/c its gonna happen. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Bring on the hype of HanRam vs. Crazy Train-Ozzie G!  Here`s hoping the scam franchise & artist now known as the Miami Marlins falls flat on their face$. Geez MLB might as well given em Cespedes since Oakland is a wasteland until they maybe get a new stadium or move to San Jose or where ever. I`d pay to see Hanley dog it or kick a fair ball down the LF line, then have Ozzie come roaring out like Billy Martin/Lou Pinella & the Big Z all rolled into one crazed manager.  $ can buy you anything and MLB will do anything to have successful teams in FL. The next fire sale should be epic.  



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:58 am
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Can't tell who made the quote, Hanley or Dick Vitale but with the HMan where there's smoke there's fire.  Over the last two years Hanley is the picture for the word entitlement.  He believes the Marlins and MLB owe him.  Wins a batting title and J Loria presents him with some gaudy monstrosity of a necklace.  He could easily have a thrown a hubcap on a chain and gotten the same result.  Since then, Hanley has taken his ball and left the sandbox.  No hustle, no drive, and a distraction in the clubhouse.  Unless he's playing SS and hitting leadoff, 3rd and clean-up every night he's not happy.  He can't get too much of himself.  Maybe he should star next to Tom Cruise in Mi 5.  That may soothe his ego.  Hanley needs to put down the media devices and pick up the bat and glove and showcase his talent between the lines.  Until then, the glass is half empty.



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Mo is right. moving from short to third is much easier than moving to short. All the skills and throwing angles are the same. You have less reaction time to round into a groundball but he'll find he has a lot more time to make the throw. As a shortstop he possesses the footwork to set himself for a strong throw. Lots have done it successfully, Cal Ripken, Wade Boggs, Alex Rodriguez, Vinny Castilla to name a few.

Also, I find it refreshing that Hanley Ramirez is willing to move over to give his team a better chance of winning.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

Anybody who can play SS, can play any other position



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

We going to see if he feel the same way after he play an few games at 3B, right now it's easy to say he OK with the move. But that could change when he report to spring training, so I don't think this story will go away for some time.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez: '3B with Marlins forever baby'

So lets see how this experiament works out being moved 30 feet closer to the ball


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